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    If you're the odd Droid out in one of those iMessage circles, you're probably carrying one more reason to switch over to an iPhone or are desperately looking for an app to fix this issue. Well, developer Eric Chee may have you covered here. At least, part of the way there. You'll need a Mac to route messages from your iCloud account over to your phone and you'll also need to jump through a few more hoops like setting up a couple of projects in the IntelliJ IDE and changing values around. And even after you've successfully executed all the string changes you need, you'll still only have a ...

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    Have you ever texted a friend about how cool Khloe Kardashian is — because, you know, your appetite for reality TV stars is just that big — and ended up talking about how fat she was? You know, because autocorrect decided that her name was actually Khloe Lardasses? Surely, there are some pretty bad examples of autocorrect misfires and overcompensations out there and there's only so much an explanation will do. But why not make iMessage handle the explanation for you? An Apple patent application shows off how that could happen. If you send a message that features autocorrected words, ...

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    Tim Cook’s defense against the FBI in the now infamous San Bernardino iPhone 5c unlocking case has been as simple as it was reasonable from the get-go. There’s no way to decrypt just one phone without making sure the resulting “backdoor” wouldn’t be used on many other devices, and causing a precedent for law enforcement to then seek similar “assistance” in less serious investigations feels like a very bad idea. But while Apple avoided to make this argument for obvious reasons, there’s also the question of whether its encryption methods are truly impenetrable. Some security ...

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    How many times have you sent someone a text message and waited around anxiously for a reply, never even quite sure that they got your SMS in the first place? It's a harrowing fact of modern-day digital life, and it's stressful enough when everything's working right, so imagine the frustration ex-iPhone users experienced when they discovered that iMessage was effectively holding certain text messages hostage, failing to properly forward them on to the device now associated with their old SIM. Apple ultimately provided an iMessage deregistration tool, but the damage was done, and affected ...

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    As if the Mac App Store certificate issue wasn't enough for Apple this week, it seems that a service outage has taken down several of Apple's online services this evening. Those officially include the App Store, Apple TV, the iBooks Store, iTunes Match, the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store and Radio. There were also unlisted issues going on with Apple's Online Store as Down Detector has registered a spike in problem reports for the latter.   Reports on social media are also appearing about iMessage and FaceTime. The outage began at around 10:35pm ET and lasted for about an hour. Every ...

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    A couple days back, a report landed about Apple's work towards a new payment system, and unlike the retail-based Apple Pay we have now, this one would allow for the direct transfer of money between individual users. We heard a few theories regarding why Apple might be interested in developing this kind of thing, and what sort of conversations it might be having with bank partners, but little about the implementation: just how would this new P2P payment deal actually work? While you may have assumed we'd see Apple bake it in to the existing Apple Pay, a new source suggests it could instead ...

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated “We’re not reading your email. We’re not reading your iMessage,” in addition to claiming that “If the government laid a subpoena to get iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have a key. And so it’s sort of — the door is closed.” The question is if it's really as secure as he claims. Nicholas Weaver, a computer security researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkley, wrote a very interesting article that claims otherwise. Surely the FBI would need a warrant to tap your information, but ...

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    Have your “friends” been having fun crashing your iPhone all week? The other day we shared with you word of a super-annoying denial-of-service attack that was affecting iOS devices, whereby a specially-crafted text sent to iMessage could crash your iPhone when received. With the potential to be extremely disruptive, we've been on the lookout for a workable fix. Today Apple responds to the issue with word of development on a software update, as well as a workaround that can help restore full system functionality. Apple's formal fix is coming – it just isn't here quite yet, and there's ...

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    Yesterday we caught wind of a long overdue fix arriving for some frustrating behavior of Apple's iMessage service, where the phone numbers of people who had previously used iMessage got “trapped” in the system, preventing other iMessage users from sending text messages to these ex-users' phones. Apple's solution was to launch an online iMessage deregistration tool, where you could once and for all tell Apple to stop associating your phone number with a now-dormant iMessage account. And while that's going to help out a lot going forward, it doesn't do much to resolve the months and ...

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    Long-time Apple users, especially those who juggled their mobile subscriptions between iPhones and devices on competing platforms, have only been all too aware of some lousy logic Apple's iMessage service has been employing when trying to work out where to send texts. Even after moving on to another OS, texts from iOS users meant to go to your number would end up stuck in an iMessage black hole, never reaching you as intended. It sure took long enough, but Apple has now finally made available an online tool for performing iMessage deregistration, mitigating the impact of this issue. ...

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    Even though we're just a couple of weeks away from WWDC 2014, and with all the rumors that Apple will launch iOS 8 at the event, the amount of bugs that are still being reported with iOS 7.1.1 is quite significant for Apple to ignore. Customers have complained continuously about major battery draining issues with the recent update, but it seems that Apple plans to target some additional security and reliability issues with a software update very soon. Reports have it that we should keep a lookout for iOS 7.1.2, and that this software update plans to patch two major bugs that are quite ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    iMessage has some things that are cool, and some things that aren't. It does offer the advantage of letting you get the same message across Macs, iOS devices, but it has the huge disadvantage of being unpredictable. If for some reason your message doesn't get delivered through iOS, you can't control if it gets sent as an SMS, and that breaks the whole cross-device benefit. Even worse, it's not cross platform, and some new complaints show that it can be quite annoying. It seems that if you switch from an iPhone to an Android device, or even a Windows Phone, iMessage is not doing a good job ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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